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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"Won't you be my Neighbor?"

Goal for Week 3 of 2010: Neighbors

(As written in the book)
"Goal: Choose several of your neighbors and serve them. Make them feel special and let them know you care. If you have neighbors that are hard to love, make sure they are recipients of even greater service."

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So, I won't lie to you. This one is probably harder than remembering to say my prayers.
Haha. Isn't that sad!

Ty and I are big homebodies and like to keep to ourselves. We're not the type of people to start the conversation, especially if we don't know you. We're more "You-Come-To-Us" sorta people. This goal is definitely a step outside the comfort zone.

However, I'm looking at as not an every single day of the week thing. More like, if we can get it done in a week, we'll be good. I think we might freak our neighbors out if we were making a particularly special effort to see them EVERY DAY.

My plan of attack action is to make some delectable Robbins Cookies (No one can resist. They must succumb.) and take them to each of our neighbors in the four-plex we live in. We've lived here for just over two months and we still don't know anyone. I'm not sure what the protocol is for new neighbors, but shouldn't we be the ones receiving a pie or something? ; ) For this week we'll let it slide.I've decided that this is also a good opportunity to do better with my Visiting Teaching. For those who don't know or understand what Visiting Teaching is, it is a program within the LDS church where two women are paired together to visit two or more other sisters. (We call each other Brother or Sister because in the eternal scheme of things we really are.) The church provides a message that we are encouraged to share to the sisters we see. Most importantly, this calling serves as a way for each sister to be looked after. Visiting Teaching is asked to occur once a month with each sister, but is certainly not limited to just that. The Visiting Teachers have a sacred responsibility to make sure each sister is being taken care of. Let's say a sister has just had a baby or had major surgery, then, if they have been making continual contact, her Visiting Teachers will be able to let the Ward Relief Society (ladies 18 and older) know and assistance can be provided. Something the Relief Society is famous for is making dinners for those who are sick or otherwise in need of that help. Basically, what it comes down to, is Visiting Teaching was put in place to make sure that each sister knows and feels that she is truly loved and cared for.

Being a good neighbor, as well as being a better Visiting Teacher are my goals this week. Let's get to it!

11 comments:

  1. Hey I think Josh and Crystal bruce are your neighbors. they live in the brown complex just across the street. apt. #11. they might like you to stop by too!!!

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  2. What a good idea! We live next to a big apartment building, so I guess we have... a lot of neighbors. Good luck! I always think that bringing over yummy cookies is the best way to go, who can resist??? I wish I was your neighbor so I could get some yummy Robbins cookies. mmmmmm.mmmmm.

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  3. Hmm my neighbor and I don't get along. If I tried to do something nice for her, she'd probably assume I put ex-lax in the brownies or something (which I'd totally be tempted to do).

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  4. Sounds like a beautiful plan. Hope you meet some wonderful people in your outreach.

    Stopping by from SITS to say Hello.

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  5. Good luck!! I think that sounds like a wonderful goal. I don't know any of my neighbors either...

    Stopping by from SITS

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  6. I have things I'm working on, as well. Last night, I wrote down my entire list of prayers on one side of a note card and then a whole other list of things I want to foster in myself on the other side. I think it's great that you and your husband are acting on these goals. A lot of people don't have even that much motivation. Good for y'all. :)

    Stopping by from SITS,

    Lauren

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  7. Well I clicked on your post because you were above mine in the SITS roll call. Sure didn't expect to stumble on another LDS gal! How fun!

    Can't wait to read more of your blog. :)

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  8. Hi! I love your blog. Visiting you from SITS. I think the kiddos and I will make cookies this afternoon to take to a few of our neighbors...we live in the middle of nowhere, so we rarely see our neighbors...Thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. Here from SITS!

    My neighbors who live across the street have like 12 people living in their 4 bedroom home. Their front yard is covered in toys including 2 basketball hoops, yes on the lawn, not in the driveway. There are so many cars parked over there it's a wonder you can even see their lawn. I don't know how to want to be friendly with people like this. They let their children play outside after dark, and our road is not well lit.

    *Sigh*, I'm going to try to take a queue from you! Thanks doll. Happy Friday!!

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  10. we all need, and need to be good neighbors!!

    happy saturday sharefest!

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  11. I have been yearning to get to know my neighbors better. This is such a great idea.

    We've lived here two years almost now and only know neighbors by waving hello politely.

    I'm not used to this living at all. In my country we are always talking to our neighbors and have good company.

    We are definitely the stay to ourselves type and the let them come to us. Oh dear I'll try to find a way to step out .

    Good luck with yours. It can only be wonderful in building foundations like this.

    Happy SITS Sharefest!

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